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Music’s building blocks come to life

Musicians in the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival played to a young audience at DeSales.

If music is like the blueprints for a building, then a composer is the architect. And just like an architect, a composer builds starting with a foundation, and then adds important layers, with final touches and details to make the work unique. That was the theme of the "Sounds Like Fun!" children's concert coordinated by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival on Thursday. Held in the DeSales Catholic High School gym, the event drew dozens of area children, and helped kick off the 2012 Chamber Music Festival. The concert, with a theme of "Construction Site: How to Build a Piece of Chamber Music," introduced children to clas

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‘Desperados’ shoot it out for prizes

The final day of the ‘Smoke in the Gorge, Near the Blues’ shootout starts at 8:30 a.m. today.

MILTON-FREEWATER - You might say it's the best of the old West shootouts, Hollywood style, as a local shooting club held a competition at the East End Rod & Gun Club this weekend. On Saturday, 28 competitors dressed in cowboy boots and hats (no baseball caps allowed), most in chaps, all with belts lined with bullets and matching left and right holsters to hold two six-shooters, competed in a series of timed shooting trials and the East End Rod & Gun Club. The event is being held by the Dry Gulch Desperados, the local chapter of the Single Action Shooting Society black-po

Reapers hand North Idaho 80-15 rugby rout Saturday

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman Reapers rugby club hosted North Idaho College on Saturday under beautiful skies and with the support of a raucous crowd, coach Eric McAlvey reported.The Reapers used the support to run away with an 80-15 victory.

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Old times, new times

Peter Frampton's concert Saturday night played to the memories and made new ones, too.

It was just like old times and not so much like old times at Saturday's Peter Frampton concert at Cordiner Hall. Five minutes before showtime, a 20-foot line of women stood outside the bathroom waiting their turn while the men's room had no line. Some things never change.

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Event adds up to understanding math

The everyday use of math was the focus of an enrichment opportunity for Sharpstein Elementary students and families recently. Dan Coffey, Title I specialist at Sharpstein, said the "Math with Meaning" event held the evening of Feb. 23 drew close to 80 students. The program was open to all students in kindergarten through fifth grades and their families.

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Whitman Orchestra tunes up for series of firsts

The Whitman Orchestra of Whitman College has embarked on a week of firsts. The student-led ensemble, represented by 34 string players, was slated to perform at Portland State University on Wednesday, with another Portland-area performance Thursday at Rose City Park United Methodist Church. The traveling marks the first time in recent years that the group has traveled out of the Walla Walla area to perform. But those performances are just preparation for a concert Friday in Yakima at the 2012 Washington Music Educators Association annual conference.

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Wa-Hi swimmers have eyes on State

Wa-Hi boys swim team already has the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A title, as well as District awards, and now has five members vying for state hardware this weekend

Wa-Hi looks to add to its boys swimming season accolades when the Blue Devils travel to Federal Way and the King County Aquatic Center to open competition Friday at the 2012 Washington state Class 4A swimming championships.